Monday, November 02, 2009

Disgustingly Bad News

Looks like this will be the last post from me for awhile. The on/off button on my laptop has finally given up the ghost and will not allow me to turn my computer on. I won't even mention how upset I am that I do not have a backup that contains my most recent pictures and documents and downloads. I could just scream.

At any rate, the next time somebody is coming down that will be able to bring me a new laptop is after Thanksgiving. Guess that will have to do.

So unless some kind of miracle occurs, I will not be updating this blog again until after Thanksgiving, or November 26. See you all then!

18 comments:

Life's a Beach! said...

That is disgustingly horrid news! I'm hoping mine doesn't meet a similar fate until I can get back home and back everything up! Can't wait until you're back up and running! You're my first read of the day!

Sue said...

It's possible your hard drive is fine, so don't get rid of it. You should be able to set it up as a slave drive when you get your new laptop - I just tried to do the same thing with my hard drive, but I am still missing an adaptor (which I will get when in Canada).

A quick trip to a repair shop that will pop open the laptop to take a look might be worth a shot too. It could just be some corrosion?

lisa said...

We will be waiting! Have a good Holiday!

norm said...

Sue is right, if it is just a bad button then yank the cover off and jump a wire across the contacts. If it starts then all you need is a new button.

Isla Deb said...

Ooh boy...the exact same thing happened to my laptop after my third trip to Isla. It was still under warranty, so I sent it back to Gateway and they fixed it but I lost everything on it...including all the original photos I took on that trip. Luckily, I had posted them on a photo website I use, but it killed me not to have the originals anymore. Now I have an external hard drive where I keep ALL my photos. I learned that lesson the hard way.

Tom said...

As Sue said, your HD is most likely fine with all your info retrievable. You might want to consider adding a stand-alone HD that connects via USB to your primary 'puter. There are many auto incremental back up programs available that will ensure you never lose your info-I use Acronis & have had no problems. When I shut down, it updates any changes to my HD info-docs, pics, etc before turning off. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Wah!!! I read your blog faithfully!

(sorry to hear about your laptop croaking, tho)

Linda
aka...

threecollie said...

so sorry to read that! What a shame! PS I loved those macros

KfromMichigan said...

OH NO !! I will miss you! You are my daily read. (first I might add)

Steve Cotton said...

My laptop has done the same thing twice. It turns out it was not the hard drive. I pulled the battery out and cleaned the contacts. They were covered with little salt crystals. One of the joys of living by the sea. That, in turn, caused the AC power errors.

Give it a try. You may simply be suffering from too much salt in your virtual diet.

Top Dog said...

It could be as simple as a dislodged cable. What model laptop do you have? It's pretty easy to get to the power button area with nothing more than a flat-head screwdriver.

Sue is right, you can pull the drive and drop it into an external case, using it as a little external drive. Cases are cheap, like $20 or so.

Brenda said...

That sucks. Take it somewhere and get the switch fixed. The guys here have fixed both of our computers a couple of times.

Islagringo said...

Thanks everybody for the advice. Half of which I don't understand! I'm pretty sure it is just the on/off button that is messed up. Not the hard drive. I'm taking it to Cancun to a repair shop and see what happens. Fingers crossed!

IslaZina said...

Adrian next to the Super is as good as anyone I've seen fixing laptops. Try him if it would be easier than going to Cancun, unless of course you have someone there! Boo hoo!

Chunk Foster said...

What a coincidence. Mine did the same thing today. Could be the front power switch. Mine wasn't that.

I replaced the Power supply and I'm up an running. Had no clue a new Power supply would cost $100 in Colorado.

Chunk Foster said...

What a coincidence, I just had the same problem today. Had some symptoms, so I kind of know what to expect.

I replaced the power supply at $100 bucks here in Colorado.

If you need troubleshooting help, let me know.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Computers! bah humbug! I totally understand! Hopefully the other more (than me) computer savvy people are right and it's all there and you will get it back.
regards,
Theresa

Kathy said...

Wayne, I'll be happy to bring you whatever you need - we're heading out tomorrow but will be able to pass by large towns. Also, seriously look into an external drive (like a Western Digital or Seagate). check slickdeals.net Hot Deals forum for good buys.